INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 6
Contributionof International Relations
Feministis the commitment and the intention to achieve a state of equaleconomic, social, cultural and political rights for women. It seeksto establish gender equalities in employment and education. From agender perspective, men are the chief negotiators of war and peace inany conflicts, but women are ill represented at peace settlement andmediation (Hooks, 2010). The UN Women dictates that integratingfeminism in conflicts offer new resolutions towards reconciliationand peace strategies.
Extensiveresearches have indicated that the world’s most pressing politicaland economic issues cannot be solved without women participation. Thecontribution of women is essential in the International relations interms of security (Sylvester, 2012). This includes peace building,security sector reforms and transitional justice. This offersdifferent solutions such as, security of women and the introductionof gender checks on military power.
Peacebuilding and re-integrations refer to demobilization of femalecombatants. Women in conflict act as soldiers either willingly or byforce. This attempts to bring openness to the roles and some of theissues that women encounter to outweigh stigma and include them inpeace building negotiations (Hooks, 2010). For instance, South Sudanand Middle East creating opportunities for a fair chance at a lifefree of insecurity. In additional, women voices help to add wrinkleand their view at any peace building conflict, make resolution lessmale-based.
Liberalfeminism is the current form of feminism which is characterized by abelief that women have the power to equality. These feminists are inthe assumption that women suffer certain injustices due to genderdiscrimination. They demonstrate the importance of gender equality inthe society. This movement insists that the current existing lawswhich are unfavorable to women should be amended in order to open upgreater avenues for women equality to the opposite sex (Ticker,2009).
Majorityof liberal feminists emphasize the need of political autonomy. Thisis to urge the state to ensure that basic society structure leads tothe principle of justice which is enjoyed by all irrespective ofgender. Additionally, women should be included in the process ofelectro politics and public deliberations (Geer, 2009). Feminism ininternational relation is essential in a country where genderequality seeks rapid growth. Allowing women to be in the forefront ofinternational and political issues encourage creative thinking.
Forgenerations, majority of the nations viewed women as victims ofilliteracy, poverty and unbreakable traditional cultures (Whitworth,2011). It is a time of transformative change and promoting the statusof women is a strategic imperative. This is an essential strategy toa smarter foreign policy. During the first term in office, PresidentBarack`s administration launched initiatives focused on women andgender equality. These policies were promulgated across the world.The secretary of state in the U.S is touring the world to ensure thatthe status of women is fully integrated in every aspect of foreignpolicy. In order to achieve a positive result in economic developmentand global health, the administration should enhance concrete actionon women`s issues by establishing an enabling policy environment(Lake, Powell, 2010).
Theimportance of women issues on the international relations isevidenced on the Boko Haram`s abduction of school girls in Nigeria.Mothers and majority of celebrities all over the world protestedagainst this issue. The mainstream was mainly focused on education,empowerment of women and health (Sylvester, 2012). According to astudy conducted by Mark Tessler in different Middle East countries,both men and women shared similar opinions toward conflict betweennations and one who advocated for gender equality, encourageddiplomacy in conflict resolution (Tessler, 2011).
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